We’ve all seen the wrong way to add “art” to a yard; pink flamingos, cement deer, and colorful gnomes are all examples of what NOT to do. Yet adding interesting sculptures, fountains, pots, or art is a great way to add detail and enhance your garden. By following a few tips, you can easily bring these elements into your yard.
- Location – Place your art carefully, considering how it will look from all sides and areas of the yard.
- Neighborhood – Consider any possible violations of your homeowner’s association rules.
- Prune – Make sure your art is always on display by pruning plants away from the piece.
- Lighting – Add some special lighting to show off the art, fountain, or sculpture.
- Don’t Mix Styles – The piece should complement your home and garden. Don’t add an ultra-modern fountain to a home built in the Tuscan style, for instance.
- Size and Scale – Avoid small art pieces that are difficult to see. Look for elements of the same scale as your yard.
- Materials – Watch for materials that will last. Plastic fountains and pots will deteriorate over the next few years after exposure to weather.
Finally, find things you love. A well-placed sculpture, art piece, or fountain can enhance your garden. Whether the focal point of the space or tucked away in a private garden, art pieces and structures make your home as unique as you are.
Even better, if you decide to sell your home within the next year, these will make your listing that much more appealing than others.